Climate change poses an enormous threat to our economy and quality of life, and readily available solutions are not being implemented fast enough to head off the worst damage. That’s why the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is launching our Climate Corruption Campaign.
The Climate Corruption Campaign will be the first sustained effort to educate potential whistleblowers in the fossil fuel and industrial logging industries about their rights under whistleblower laws, including to keep their identities confidential. It will help these whistleblowers secure qualified attorneys, participate in high-impact prosecutions and win financial rewards when those prosecutions are successful. The campaign also will work in the policy arena to strengthen whistleblower rights.
NWC will give particular focus to assisting company insiders with evidence of potential fraudulent concealment of industry pollution risks, including risks to financial assets.
There are five key facets to our approach:
- We’re educating whistleblowers on how to come forward with allegations confidentially and which laws protect them.
- Partnering with the National Whistleblower Defense and Education Fund, a public interest law firm led by renowned whistleblower attorney (and NWC Board Chairman) Stephen Kohn, we’re assisting whistleblowers to file allegations of crimes with the appropriate law enforcement agency.
- We’re helping whistleblowers protect themselves by educating them about how to keep their identities confidential, guard against retaliation, and secure rewards when they help the government produce monetary sanctions against wrongdoers.
- We’re encouraging other whistleblowers to step forward by publicizing these protections and rewards.
- We’re defending and strengthening laws and agency rules that are needed to protect and reward whistleblowers who help expose climate-related corruption.
Helping whistleblowers navigate will be NWC’s newly-recruited Chief Counsel Sharon Eubanks, a corruption expert who served as lead counsel in the largest-ever civil RICO enforcement case, U.S. v. Philip Morris USA. Ms. Eubanks recently testified before Congress on the linkages between the organized deception campaigns of the tobacco and fossil fuel industries.